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Gang, gun links keeping accused shooter locked up


When he was arrested last week on an attempted murder charge, Trameil Jackson was identified as a gang member.

Now those associations and his history of illegally arming himself and violating the rules of the court will keep the 24-year-old behind bars until his case winds its way through Allen Superior Court.

Jackson, of the 8500 block of Lakeside Drive, was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of DeAndrew Moore and Devonte Jones on Feb. 11 in the area of Decatur Road and Dawnan Drive. The two men were taken to the hospital in fair condition.

When he was arrested Feb. 13, Jackson was armed with a .38-caliber Charter Arms revolver. He has been identified by police as a member of the Fort Wayne street gang “MOB.”

The bond for attempted murder, a Class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison, is normally $50,000. But on Tuesday, Allen County prosecutors asked a judge to order Jackson held without bail.

In their motion, prosecutors allege that the physical safety of another person or the community would be at risk if Jackson was allowed to bond out of the Allen County Jail.

They also allege that his criminal and juvenile history shows “instability and a disdain for the court’s authority,” and they cite two prior convictions for carrying a handgun without a license, as well as a history of failing to appear in court when ordered.

And they also cite his activity as a “confirmed gang member, whose activities undermine the safety of the community,” court records said.

On Wednesday, Allen Superior Court Magistrate Samuel Keirns granted their request and ordered Jackson held without bond. Jackson is next scheduled to appear in court March 5 for a hearing.